The Long Twentieth Century : Money, Power and the Origins of Our Time, Paperback

The Long Twentieth Century : Money, Power and the Origins of Our Time Paperback

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"The Long Twentieth Century" traces the epochal shifts in the relationship between capital accumulation and state formation over a 700-year period.

Borrowing from Braudel, Arrighi argues that the history of capitalism has unfolded as a succession of "long centuries" - ages during which a hegemonic power deploying a novel combination of economic and political networks secured control over an expanding world-economic space.

The book concludes with an examination of the forces which have shaped and are now poised to undermine America's world power.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, figures
  • Publisher: Verso Books
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  • Category: Economic theory & philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781844673049



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Excellent description of overlapping systems of capital accumulation stretching back to the Italian city-states of Venice and Genoa. For a novice in economic studies the financial language and concepts can be daunting, but one cannot experience this work without attaining a completely renewed perspective on world history.